Detail of Encephalartos Aemulans Home plant care
Encephalartos aemulans is a species of cycad endemic to the Eastern Cape in South Africa, where it occurs in the forests on coastal and inland hills of northeast Transkei. It was thought for many years to be extinct in the wild, but small populations were rediscovered in 2000 and 2001. The Encephalartos aemulans is a species of evergreen coniferous shrub or tree in the Chamaephyte family. It is in the genus Encephalartos.
Encephalartos aemulans is an endangered species of cycad from southern Africa that was once thought to be extinct, but rediscovered in 1970. Endemic to South Africa, it is one of the most widely distributed species in the genus Encephalartos and was described by L. Bolus already in 1930
Encephalartos aemulans, also known as the dwarf cycad or forest cycad, is endemic to a small area in the Lowveld in Mpumalanga province of South Africa, where it inhabits hilly areas of low forest. Encephalartos aemulans is a relatively large, slow-growing cycad with a stout, erect stem. This species generally has one to two heads. The head(s) may reach approximately 4 m in height and up to 1 m. in diameter. It is one of the most cold tolerant species of Encephalartos and can withstand many degrees of frost.
Encephalartos aemulans can be found in Africa, Madagascar, and South Africa. Because they are difficult to keep alive, they are not often seen in cultivation. To accommodate their specific habitat, the soil must be kept damp and air circulation must be high. They do best in filtered sunlight as opposed to full sunlight. Encephalartos aemulans is a great choice for anyone who is interested in obtaining a smaller cycad but has trouble growing larger species of cycads successfully.
Encephalartos aemulans is an African species of cycad, native to Angola and Namibia. While most of the plants are propagated from pups, it is possible (although difficult) to propagate specimens true to form by seed. The large pinnae have a white mid-stripe that distinguishes this cycad from others in cultivation. There aren’t many cycads easier to keep inside with proper foliage management than those in the genus Encephalartos or those closely related.
Encephalartos aemulans is an excellent indoor house plant. The leaves do lose quite a bit of water, but that’s simply only because they’re exposed to dry air in most cases. They can be grown in regular soil with proper watering and fertilizing to achieve excellent results. The plant is great as an ornamental garden plant, so it has its place outdoors. But when brought into homes, these plants are also admirable additions because they contribute to the greenery of households and offices; after all, it is an indoor house plant with numerous benefits.
Looking at this plant it’s easy to see why it became so popular. The soft foliage has a quality that is both elegant and understated at the same time. It also enjoys being grown in full sun and bright, indirect light levels which makes it an excellent houseplant. This would be a great addition to any home or office environment as it’s easy to care for and doesn’t need harsh sunlight to thrive.
The soil should be kept moist always and never allowed to dry out. The temperature range for growing indoors should be from 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit. This tropical plant is native to the mountains of southern Africa. Plants in cooler climates require heavy insulation in the containers to protect roots from freezing.